Organic Chemistry Is Like Math
If you take the time to understand the concepts, you won’t have to memorize nearly as much.
Think of it like teaching math to someone with no concept of numbers. Going the memorization without understanding route, this person will memorize that 2+2=4. However, with no understanding of the concept, this person will not understand that 1+3, 4+0, 1+1+1+1 etc. all also equal 4. In order to pass this class, this person will have to memorize every combination of numbers that equal other numbers rather than understanding the concept of addition.
Same thing when it comes to ochem. If you don’t take the time to understand what’s going on in the mechanism, you’re gonna have a rough time.